Beyond Bulls & Bears

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles
Perspectives

Water Disruption: Investment Risk from Multiple Angles

Water itself isn’t just an economic policy issue and risk arising from population growth and climate change. Water is impacting the day-to-day operations of investee companies and how they are thinking through their own business models and business risk.

Notes from the Trading Desk
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk

The US presidential election remains a key investor focus in Europe. Democratic nominee Joe Biden continues to lead in the polls; however, President Donald Trump’s comeback in the 2016 election proves that there is still scope for uncertainty over the final result. There is also risk of a contested result, which would imply prolonged equity market uncertainty.

Green Bonds Growing in Europe
Fixed Income

Green Bonds Growing in Europe

Growing concerns about climate change have caused an explosion in “green” bonds amongst environmentally conscious investors. David Zahn, our Head of European Fixed Income, highlights some exciting developments in the green bond market, including new issuance from Germany.

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe
Equity

Notes from the Trading Desk – Europe

 Last week saw equity markets continue their grind higher, with the familiar theme of US technology stocks leading the way higher. Volumes and news flow were once again fairly light due to the summer holiday season.

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect
Equity

Quick Thoughts: Wall Street and Main Street Disconnect

Our Head of Equities, Stephen Dover, gives his take on how COVID-19 has accelerated economic changes and explains what may have caused the stock markets’ second-quarter ascent.

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus
Perspectives

“Build Back Better”: COVID-19 Brings the “S” From ESG Into Focus

Dislocations resulting from the pandemic shine a light on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, which can be used as an additional tool to identify leading companies from the laggards, according to Franklin Templeton’s Global Head of ESG, Julie Moret.

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG
Equity

Coronavirus Pandemic Shifts Focus to ESG

The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of financial market risks that fit within the realm of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors—namely disaster preparedness and health risks. Templeton Global Equity Group's Maarten Bloemen argues we will see recently highlighted ESG considerations more acutely on the radar of investors, while other issues previously on the backburner due to coronavirus—such as climate change—will likely come back to the spotlight.

Closing the European Performance Gap
Equity

Closing the European Performance Gap

Although European equities performed well in 2019, there’s still a significant value and performance gap compared to US stocks, according to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Katrina Dudley. Here, she gives reasons why she’s optimistic about the backdrop for European value stocks and discusses some potential market-moving events she’s monitoring.

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing
Perspectives

ESG Study: How Institutional Investors Embrace Responsible Investing

How do investors across the globe approach environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues? Check out our recent study.

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability
Perspectives

How a Broadening Stakeholder Base Shines a Light on Sustainability

Around the world, societal demographic shifts are becoming evident, bringing long-standing assumptions and theses into question. Julie Moret, Head of ESG at Franklin Templeton, explains why investors should consider how companies are managing and navigating some of these broader drivers of change.

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores
Fixed Income

Templeton Global Macro: An Update on our ESG Scores

Templeton Global Macro evaluates environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in its macroeconomic research process and describes the process of codifying the team’s research discussions into quantifiable scores.

Six Reasons to Care about Climate-Change Investing
Alternatives

Six Reasons to Care about Climate-Change Investing

Why should investors care about climate change? Here’s a look at the investment implications attributable to climate change from Templeton Global Equity Group’s Maarten Bloemen and Matthew J. Kiernan, Chief Executive of Inflection Point Capital Management Inc.